Police in Oslo issued 31 fines to drivers of electric scooters in a single hour on Wednesday

Electric scootersPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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The police have caught multiple drivers of electric scooters breaking traffic rules. In just over an hour on Wednesday, 31 people were fined in Oslo.

In just over an hour, 29 people were stopped for running a red light, while two people were fined for having two or more people on an electric scooter, the newspaper Aftenposten reports.

This is the Oslo police’s fourth check of electric scooter regulations in central Oslo in recent days. On Wednesday, the police patrol at the intersection between Torggata and Hausmanns gate issued fines amounting to NOK 43,700.

“I think 31 fines in just over an hour is a lot. On Friday, we had 19 such instances in one hour. This is our fourth check since Friday. So that’s a high number. It did not take more than five minutes before we had stopped the first three people today,” Kenneth Skogheim in the Oslo Police District noted.

A lot of injuries

In July, the Oslo emergency department treated more than 400 people injured in electric scooter accidents, which is almost double from last year. That is why the police are now increasing the traffic patrol on Oslo’s streets.

But few people who were fined on Wednesday regretted driving through a red light.

“I feel that I drive safely. There was not a single car on the road when I drove (through). I will continue to drive through the red light as long as it is clear and safe in traffic,” a man said after being fined NOK 1,300 in Oslo city center.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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